Detroit, Mich. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialists from the Fort Street Cargo Facility in Detroit have been quite busy this spring finding pests that pose serious threats to U.S. agricultural interests.
In the first six months of this year, CBP Agriculture Specialists working at the Fort Street Cargo Facility have discovered a variety of pests. Specialist have found and identified two Khapra beetles, considered one of the top 100 most-destructive pests; made three snail intercepts; two noxious weeds; two wood-boring pests and one exotic termite in wood packing material.
These pests were found hitching a ride into the U.S. in a wide variety of commodities arriving from locations around the world. A Khapra beetle was discovered in a shipment of chickpeas from India; two different snail species arrived by boat inside steel coils from Russia; an exotic termite was found in the wood packing material for a rail shipment of machine parts from Pakistan; and the noxious and invasive weeds arrived by rail in marble carvings from India.
"The Khapra beetles alone have the potential to cause tremendous economic damage to the agricultural industry," said Acting Port Director David Beculheimer. "The snails and noxious weeds could severely impact a billion dollar agricultural industry if not contained. These intercepts show CBP Agriculture Specialists are dedicated to protecting our nation's agriculture interests."
U.S. Department of Agriculture is one of the many federal agencies whose rules and regulations are enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at our borders. USDA oversees treatment and eradication efforts before the shipments are allowed to proceed to their final destination. Some of the shipments were refused entry into the country.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.